Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Questions (94)

Michelle Mulherin

Question:

94. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason an increase in a qualified adult payment ceased in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; if same will be restored due to the hardship that will be caused by this fall in income. [28563/14]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

This matter relates to spouses engaged on the rural social scheme and community employment. With effect from 17 September 2012, rates of payment on work placement and training programmes have been standardised. In cases where both spouses are simultaneously engaged on work placement and training programmes, as in the case detailed by the Deputy, the Department considers that neither spouse are dependant and the weekly rate of pay is €208 per week per individual applies, not including any increases for dependent children.